Nighttime in urban areas has become a condition for opportunity but also a space of conflict. Today there are very few studies that describe cities at night from an interdisciplinary perspective. In that sense, there is a lack of design hypotheses that propose new nocturnal scenarios and points of reference.
As a response, the project Nightscapes: Fluxes of Global Metropolises approaches new political, economic, environmental and social challenges that affect global metropolises at night through a travelling exhibition. As it travels from city to city, its content – generated by a team of Spanish and North American architects, urban planners, photographers and sociologists – continues to expand.
The exhibition revolves around a comparison of 20 cities, offering a photographic and cartographic description of their nocturnal rhythms and elements of their nighttime identities, while experimenting with new creative formats based on the visualization of big data and the treatment of satellite imagery.
The images were exhibited for the first time at the Chicago Architecture Biennial in 2019, and they were accompanied by a series of lectures and public events that are still ongoing.